Adele Set To Tie ‘Titanic’ Soundtrack’s Run — Next Stop: Beating ‘Bodyguard’

Robbie Daw | January 12, 2012 9:13 am

Adele missed out on nabbing the People’s Choice Awards she was up for (thanks to sweeping songstress Katy Perry), but that hasn’t stopped the people from choosing to purchase 21 and its hit singles. “Set Fire To The Rain” moved up to #4 on the new Hot 100 chart published today, thus making it the London singer’s third Top 5 hit off her sophomore album. And with 21 currently parked at #1 yet again on the Top 200, Billboard now reports that the LP should have no problem tying the Titanic soundtrack’s 16-week run atop the album chart next week. The Titanic soundtrack, which was released in 1997 to tie in with James Cameron’s Oscar-winning epic and contains James Horner’s memorable score as well as Celine Dion’s tearjerker “My Heart Will Go On”, is the most recent album to spend more weeks on top of the main album chart than 21. But once Adele sinks that ship, what album’s record run will she be targeting next? Why, the Bodyguard soundtrack, of course!

Released nearly 20 years ago, in November 1992, the soundtrack to the film The Bodyguard contains such Whitney Houston classics as “I’m Every Woman” (originally recorded by Chaka Khan), “I Have Nothing” and the Dolly Parton-penned “I Will Always Love You”, which spent a whopping 14 weeks atop the Hot 100. The album itself was #1 on the Top 200 for a total of 20 weeks. (For the record, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii is another album that had a 20-weeks stay #1.)

Adele’s certainly got her work cut out for her if she wants to match Whitney’s run. True, 21 was the best-selling album of 2011, but it’s quickly approaching its one-year anniversary. With 6 million copies sold at this point, one could argue that Adele might be running out of people who don’t already own the LP and are willing to shell out cash for it.

Still, she’s up for multiple Grammy Awards next month, including the biggies: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year. A win in the latter category (or even, dare we say it, a performance at the show) could keep 21 sailing past Titanic and straight toward Whitney’s Bodyguard.

Do you think 21 has enough steam left to surpass the weeks spent on top of the album chart by Whitney’s classic soundtrack? Let us know below!